Contemporary Pacific Art


Focuses on work by contemporary Pacific artists, exploring the ways that they translate indigenous knowledge and urban experiences into gallery forms such as painting, installation, performance, film and video making. Themes such as migration and diaspora, language and memory, notions of homelands and return, and the creation of complex cultural identities will be explored.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ARTHIST 317

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not offered in 2024; planned for 2025


Coordinator(s) Dr Caroline Vercoe

Recommended Reading

  • Sean Mallon and Pandora Pereira, eds. Pacific Art Niu Sila: The Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts. New Zealand: Te Papa Press, 2002.
  • Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, eds. Art in Oceania: A New History. London: Thames and Hudson, 2012.
  • Melissa Chiu, ed. Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific. New York: Asia Society Museum, 2004
  • Susan Cochrane. Beretara: Contemporary Pacific Art. Noumea: Centre Culture Tjibaou, 2001.
  • Karen Stevenson. The Frangipani is Dead: Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand. 1985-2002. New Zealand: Huia Press, 2008.
  • Ian McLean, ed. How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art. Brisbane: IMA, 2011.
  • Queensland Art Gallery. My Country. I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia. Australia: Queensland Art Gallery, 2013.


Coursework + exam


ARTHIST 317: 15 points


15 points at Stage II in Art History and 60 points passed